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{This is a template file for a new scholarly biography to be added to the Narrative wiki. When creating a new biography, you can use the template below, deleting the text in single curly brackets and replacing it with the suggested items (this section can be used for a short biography); or, you can format the page however you choose.} Professor Emeritus of Rhetoric and Film Studies, U of California, Berkeley

Biography

b. 1928

Contributions

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Bibliography

Works


Chatman, Seymour. "Comparing Metrical Styles." In Style in Language, ed. Thomas A. Sebeok. London: M.I.T. Press, 1960. 149-72.

_____. "The Components of English Meter." In Freeman, Linguistics and Literary Style 309-35.

_____. A Theory of Meter. The Hague: Mouton, 1965.

_____. "Style: A Narrow View". College Composition and Communication 18 (1967): 72-76.

_____. "New Ways of Analyzing Narrative Structure, with an Example from Joyce's Dubliners." Language and Style 2 (1969): 3-36.

_____ . "On Defining 'Form'." New Literary History 2 (1971).

_____. "La struttura della comunicazione letteraria." Strumenti critici 23 (1971): 1-40.

_____. "Ritmo, metro, esecuzione." In Cremante and Pazzaglia 1972. 99-108.

_____. The Later Style of Henry James. Oxford: Blackwell, 1972.

_____. "On the Formalist-Structuralist Theory of Character." Journal of Literary Semantics 1 (1972): 57-79.

_____. "Narration and Point of View in Fiction and the Cinema." Poetica 1 (1974).

_____. "The Structure of Narrative Transmision." In Style and Structure in Literature. Ed. Roger Fowler. Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1975. 213-57.

_____. "The Structure of Narrative Transmission." In Literary Theory: An Anthology. Ed. Julie Rivkin and Michael Ryan. 2nd ed. Oxford: Blackwell, 2004.

_____. Story and Discourse: Narrative Structure in Fiction and Film. Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1978. 1980.

_____. Historia y discurso: La estructura narrativa en la novela y en el cine. Trans. María Jesús Fernández Prieto. Madrid: Taurus, 1990.

_____. "Discourse: Nonnarrated Stories." In Essentials of the Theory of Fiction. Ed. Michael J. Hoffman and Patrick D. Murphy. Durham (NC): Duke UP, 1988. 366-79.

_____. "What Novels Can Do That Films Can't (and Vice Versa)." In On Narrative. Ed. W. J. T. Mitchell. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1981.

_____. "What Novels Can Do That Films Can't (and Vice Versa)." 1980. In Film Theory and Criticism: Introductory Readings. 5th ed. Ed. Leo Braudy and Marshall Cohen. New York: Oxford UP, 1999. 435-51.

_____ . "What is Description in the Cinema?" Cinema Journal 23 (Summer 1984): 4-11.

_____. "Characters and Narrators: Filter, Center, Slant, and Interest-Focus." Poetics Today 7.2 (1986): 189-224.

_____. Review of David Bordwell's Narration in the Fiction Film. Wide Angle 8 (1986): 139-41.

_____. Review of Edward Branigan's Point of View in the Cinema. Film Quarterly 40 (Fall 1986): 45-6.

_____. "Controversy and Correspondence: Narration Issues." Reply to Edward Branigan. Film Quarterly 41 (Fall 1987): 63-5.

_____. "Who Is the Best Narrator? The Case of The Third Man." Style 23 (Summer 1989): 183-96.

_____. "The 'Rhetoric' 'of' 'Fiction'." In Reading Narrative: Form, Ethics, Ideology. Ed. James Phelan. Columbus: Ohio State UP, 1989.

_____. Coming to Terms: The Rhetoric of Narrative in Fiction and Film. Ithaca (NY): Cornell UP, 1990.

_____. From Coming to Terms ("The Cinematic Narrator"). 1990. In Film Theory and Criticism: Introductory Readings. 5th ed. Ed. Leo Braudy and Marshall Cohen. New York: Oxford UP, 1999. 473-86.

_____. "What Can We Learn from Contextualist Narratology?." Poetics Today 11.2 (1990): 309-328.

_____. "Narratological Empowerment." Narrative 1.1 (1993): 59-65.

_____. "How Loose Can Narrators Get? (And How Vulnerable Can Narratees Be?)." Narrative 3.3: 303-306.

_____. Reading Narrative Fiction. With material by Brian Attebery. New York: Macmillan, 1993. (Short stories: anthology and analysis).

_____. "Introduction: The Pleasures of Reading Fiction." In Chatman, Reading Narrative Fiction. New York: Macmillan, 1993. 1-6.

_____. "What Is Narrative? Some Basic Terms." In Chatman, Reading Narrative Fiction. New York: Macmillan, 1993. 7-19. (The Text-Types; Getting the Point; The Meaning of 'Fiction'; Story and Discourse).

_____. "Plot." In Chatman, Reading Narrative Fiction. New York: Macmillan, 1993. 20-57. (Definition; Closed and open plots; Story-Time and Discourse-Time; Narrative Order and Duration).

_____. "Character and Setting." In Chatman, Reading Narrative Fiction. New York: Macmillan, 1993. 58-89.

_____. "Narration: Narrator and Narratee." In Chatman, Reading Narrative Fiction. New York: Macmillan, 1993. 90-129. (Telling: Internal and External Narratees; Showing: Impersonal Narration; Omniscience and Limitation; The Narratee).

_____. "Point of View: Character's Filter and Slant." In Chatman, Reading Narrative Fiction. New York: Macmillan, 1993. 130-85. (Character's Filter; The Filter-Character Is Not the Narrator; Narrator's Slant; The Grammar of Filter; filter in Internal Narration).

_____. "Narrative Irony." In Chatman, Reading Narrative Fiction. New York: Macmillan, 1993. 186-239. (Definitions of Situational and Verbal Irony; Situational and Verbal Irony in Narrative Fiction; Fallible Filters; Unreliable Narration).

_____. "Authors and Readers: Real and Implied." In Chatman, Reading Narrative Fiction. New York: Macmillan, 1993. 240-72. (The Real Author; the Implied Author; The Implied Author Is Not the Narrator; Problems Solvedd by the Notion of Implied Author; The Real Jack London and Two Different Implied 'Jack Londons'; The Real Reader and the Implied Reader; The Implied Reader Is Not the Narratee).

_____. "Theme and Ideology." In Chatman, Reading Narrative Fiction. New York: Macmillan, 1993. 273-303. (The Definition of 'Theme'; Thesis; How to Formulate a Theme; Ideology; The Invisibility of Ideology; Dealing with the Ideologies of Fictions).

_____. "Narrative Limits: Experimental and Postmodern Fiction." In Chatman, Reading Narrative Fiction. New York: Macmillan, 1993.(Undermining Conventions; Questioning the Discourse; Attacks on the Discourse by the Story; Filter at Odds with Itself).

_____. "How to Write about Fiction." In Chatman, Reading Narrative Fiction. New York: Macmillan, 1993. 603-24.

_____. "New Directions in Voice-Narrated Cinema." In Narratologies. Ed. David Herman. Columbus: Ohio State UP, 1999. 315-39.

_____ "Ironic Perspective." In New Perspectives on Narrative Perspective. Ed. Willie van Peer and Seymour Chatman. New York: SUNY Press, 2001. 117-31.

_____. "Backwards." Narrative 17.1 (2009): 31-55.

_____, ed. Literary Style: A Symposium. London: Oxford UP, 1971.

_____, ed. Approaches to Poetics. New York: Columbia UP, 1973.

Chatman, Seymour, Umberto Eco and J. M. Klinkenberg, eds. A Semiotic Landscape / Panorama sémiotique: Proceedings of the First Congress of the International Association of Semiotics, Milan 1974. (Approaches to Semiotics, 29). The Hague: Mouton, 1979.

Chatman, Seymour, and Samuel R. Levin, eds. Essays on the Language of Literature. Boston: Houghton, 1967.

Peer, Willie van, and Seymour Chatman (Seymour Benjamin Chatman, 1928), eds. New Perspectives on Narrative Perspective. (SUNY series The Margins of Literature). Albany: SUNY Press, 2001.


Criticism

Bialostosky, Don. H. "Bakhtin versus Chatman on Narrative: The Habilitation of the Hero." University of Ottawa Quarterly 53 (1983): 109-16.

Herman, David. Rev. of New Perspectives on Narrative Perspective. Ed. Willie van Peer and Seymour Chatman. Albany: SUNY Press, 2001. Style 35.3 (Fall 2001): 561-66. In Literature Online.http://lion.chadwyck.co.uk 5/7/04

Jahn, Manfred. Review of Seymour Chatman's Coming to Terms. European English Messenger 1.3 (1992): 50-3.

Linhares-Dias, Rui. "2. Linguistics in Narratology: A Critical-Historical Survey." In Linhares-Dias, How to Show Things with Words: A Study on Logic, Language and Literature. Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter, 2006. 55-106.* (Ingarden, Müller, Weinrich, Uspensky, Barthes, Chatman, Prince, Caenepeel, Chafe).

Sasaki, Toru. "Towards a Systematic Description of Narrative 'Point of View': An Examination of Chatman's Theory with an Analysis of 'The Blind Man' by D. H. Lawrence." Language and Literature 3.2 (1994): 125-38.

Shaw, Harry E. "Thin Description: A Reply to Seymour Chatman." Narrative 3.3: 307-314.

Thwaites, Tony. "Two Eleatic Tales: John A. Scott, Seymour Chatman and Some Occlusions of Narrative." Journal of Narrative Technique 21.1 (1991): 98-120.

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